Thursday, December 5, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #151 "Maurin Rossi"

ACEO Clown Portrait #151 "Maurin Rossi"
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #151 is inspired by a genuin clown "Maurin Rossi"  (Hector) from Loano, Italy.  He has been working in the circus world since 1957 with his clown brother Yann Rossi.  (Les Rossyann) He learnt music, balance and juggling by his father Pierre Rossi, as well as balancing and juggling with his mother Achertine Caroli Rossi. He plays accordion, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, accordion, ocarina, guitar ... More curious musical jacket musical bell including saw. Visit his fb page 

"Maurin Rossi"  (photo by John Trygve Tollefsen)

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #150 "Joanes"

ACEO Clown Portrait #150 "Joanes"
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

 ACEO Clown Portrait #150 is inspired by  a very talented Clown Joanes from Bourgogne, France.  After 16 years performing in circuses and travelling 12 countries, Joanes started to his one man show "On Air". His character is very picturesque and funny one character entirely.  His skills are  juggling, acrobatics, tap dance, concertina and more... Currently he is working in famous Circus Bouglione, Belgium till 8th of December 2019. His instagram is @clownjoanes

Clown Joanes

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Friday, November 29, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #149 "Coco"

ACEO Clown Portrait #149 "Coco"
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #149 is a homage to "Coco"  Nicolai Poliakoff from Riga, Latvia (1923 -2009) .  He was a professional circus clown for nearly 80 years. COCO is a third generation Russian circus clown, who achieved his fame in England where the family came while he was a youth.  He was associated wit the Bertam Mills and Billy Smart Circuses in England, which later included tours of Europe. He came to the U.S. in 1953 to work for a limited time with the Mills Brothers Circus, before returning to England. COCO later joined Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus 8 years.  He developed several classic clown routines. He later became an independent working clown, sometimes acting as an advance performer with similar shows. 

Coco

Coco is performing

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #148 Ibnu Mahdiansyah

ACEO Clown Portrait #148 Ibnu Mahdiansyah
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

 ACEO Clown portrait #148 is inspired by a very talented young clown Ibnu Mahdiansyah from Jakarta, Indonesia. Ibnu has been clowning since 2006. When he first started, clowning was hobby for him and later on it became his permanent job. He loves clowning and he says "he is born to be a clown". His specialties are acrobat, mime, ventriloquist, kids magician,stilt walker, bubble man, man in balloon. You can visit his instagram at @ibnu_mahdiansyahhh

Ibnu Mahdiansyah

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #147 "Grandma" aka Barry Lubin

ACEO Clown Portrait #147 "Grandma" aka  Barry Lubin 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO Clown portrait #147 is inspired by a very famous clown "Grandma" Aka Barry Lubin from Ventnor City, NJ, US. Barry Lubin trained at Ringling Bros. and performed in EU and US circuses more than 30 years. Barry Lubin was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Sarasota Ring of Fame in 2012, the highest honor in American Circus. He was at International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo in 2008, where he received the Bellini Award. He created his famous persona "Grandma" where he worked at Big Apple Circus for about 25 years. He wrote a book called "Tall Tales of A Short Clown". You can watch this interview and see how he can spit water on YouTube 


"Grandma"

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #146 "Bello Nock"

ACEO Clown #146  "Bello Knock"
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO Clown portrait #146 is inspired by a famous American clown "Bello Knock" ( Dimitrios Alexandros Claudio Nock ) from Sarasota, Florida, US. He is seventh generation of a circus performer and his family origins come from Switzerland's Circus Nock in the 18th century. He is clowning around more than 40 years! He began performing at age three, playing the baby on the burning house in Disney on Parade's "Dumbo's Circus". At age six, he played Michael Darling in the touring version of Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. He performed his family's trademark sway pole act at the age of 15. He performed at New York's Big Apple Circus in 2000.  In 2001, he joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as their headliner. In 2011, Bello won the prestigious Gold Clown at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo. For more info about him visit his website https://bellonock.com/

Bello Nock


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Monday, October 28, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #145 "Le Clown Boboss"

ACEO Clown #145  "Le Clown Boboss" (Louis Burlet)
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

The latest ACEO clown portrait #145 is  "Le Clown Boboss" (Louis Burlet) from Lagny-sur-Mame, France. He has been in the TV show business since 1968. In the early 80's he performed at Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione and circus Pinder-Jean-Richard. He is a puppeteer juggler on unicycle, balancing, musician singer, dancer. He is still performing at Cirque Franconi in Torcy, Paris.



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Friday, October 25, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #144 "Rocco the Clown"

ACEO Clown #144  "Rocco the Clown" (Rocco Paris)
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO clown portrait #144 is inspired by a very unique and talented clown "Rocco the Clown"  (Rocco Paris) from US. He is a Clown, Mime, Stilt Walker, Balloon Twister, Juggler, Face Painter, Puppeteer, Clown Teacher. He graduated from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He has been clowning around more than 30 years. He toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Circo Americano, Kinoshita Circus. Performed in theme parks, theaters, cruise ships, TV and video productions. Rocco the Clown is performing at the Circus Circus in Las Vegas, NV. Visit his facebook page to see his recent news.

Rocco the Clown

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #143 "Mungo the Clown /Smilemaker"

ACEO Clown #143 "Mungo the Clown /Smilemaker"
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO clown portrait #143 is inspired by a sweet and wonderful clown "Mungo the Clown /Smilemaker" aka Mark Hurlin Shelton from Cape Town, South Africa. Mungo is performing about 28 years as a professional clown, making children laugh and smile, as a magician, juggler and balloon artist in kids birthdays. He began his evolution into clowning whilst backpacking Europe,back in the 1980s and was inspired by the street clowns that he watched at the Avignon festival, and from then on, knew exactly what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Mungo received Circus training under Keith Anderson during the nineties where he learned Trapeze, Stilts, Trampoline etc and he has also taught himself a unicycle, but prefers to clown around with his feet on the ground. To see his recent events and pictures visit his facebook page

Mungo and the happy kids

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Monday, October 21, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #142 "Emma la clown" aka Meriem Menant


ACEO Clown #142 "Emma la clown" aka Meriem Menant
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO clown portrait #142 is inspired by a very unique and talented "Emma la clown" aka Meriem Menant from Le Petit-Quevilly, France. She studied at the Jacques Lecoq International Theater School in Paris. After her studies, in 1991 she created clown character "Emma la clown" a visual and musical clown duet with Gaetano Lucido, a duo who they tour in Europe for 4 years. They separate, and Emma the clown starts solo in 1995, she turns her numbers in cabaret, festivals, first parties (Buffo and Anne Sylvestre). in 2018: Emma the Clown played at "Ze Big Great Music" , with a trio of musicians classics. For more info see her website.

"Emma la clown" (Photo by Emilie Sion)

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Friday, October 11, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #141 "Enrichetto" Enrico Fumagalli

ACEO Clown #141 "Enrichetto" Enrico Fumagalli
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
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ACEO clown portrait #141 is homage to "Enrichetto" Enrico Fumagalli, the father of Fumagalli brothers I recently painted. Enrico Fumagalli didn't come from a circus background, he was an Austrian of Jewish descent, he had left his hometown of Gratz when the Nazi came to power, and took refuge in Italy. There he worked as a clown under the name of Enrico ("Enrichetto") Fumagalli with Circo Liana, Nando e Rinaldo Orfei, which was until the 1970s one of the major postwar Italian circuses, and other circuses. Like many Italian clowns, Enrico Fumagalli appeared in Federico Fellini's movie, I Clowns (1970), and then he retired from performing. I watched this movie recently again to see him. He was at the end of the movie on the funeral/chase scene. Have a great weekend!

from Federico Fellini's movie, I Clowns (1970)

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #140 "Fumagalli"

ACEO Clown #140 "Fumagalli" Gianni Huesca
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
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ACEO Clown portrait #140 is inspired by a professional circus clown "Fumagalli" (Gianni Huesca) from  Genoa, Italy. He is the younger brother of famous clown Daris Huesca.  For many years he performed with his brother in a remarkable tight-wire act, as the Feller Boys, which combined all sorts of balancing feats with teeter board on the wire. Later on they became circus clowns and they worked at Circus Roncalli. In January 2001, he was invited to the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, where he won the prestigious Silver Clown award. That same year, he toured in Germany with the short-lived Circus Fumagalli, which he ran with his brother for one season. After that, Daris Huesca and Fumagalli limited their activities to clowning and starred in some of the world's most prestigious circuses, including Cirkus Benneweis; Circus Knie; the Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione in Paris; Circus Carré in Amsterdam; and the Big Apple Circus, as well as in several variety shows. They also became frequent guests on the hit French television variety show, Le plus grand cabaret du monde. In 2015, Fumagalli and Daris won the coveted Gold Clown at the 39th International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo—the most prestigious award in the circus world.
Fumagalli

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #139 "Daris Huesca"

ACEO Clown #139 "Daris Huesca"
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
SOLD

ACEO Clown portrait #139 is inspired by a professional circus clown  "Daris Huesca" from  Morbegno, Italy. He is the brother of famous clown "Fumagalli" (Gianni Huesca). The couple were trained in all acrobatic disciplines by their brother-in-law, Hans Bruckson. They performed with him in a remarkable tight-wire act, the Feller Boys, which combined all sorts of balancing feats with teeterboard on the wire. For many years, the Feller Boys enjoyed a brilliant international career. His brother Gianni, however, had a knack for comedy and performed clown reprises and comic acrobatic routines from time to time with Daris.

In 1994, Bernhard Paul, the director of the famous German circus Roncalli, (and also its resident star auguste, under the name of Zippo) hired the couple. They worked at circus Roncalli until 2000 and they worked in many different circuses all around the world.  In 2015, Daris  Fumagalli won the coveted Gold Clown at the 39th International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo—the most prestigious award in the circus world.

Fumagalli and Daris

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #138 " Ira Seidenstein"

ACEO Clown #138 " Ira Seidenstein"
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO Clown portrait #138 is inspired by a genuine clown Ira Seidenstein, originally from Pittsburgh USA, but for many years has been based in Australia. He is a highly respected, skilled and experienced clown, performer, acrobat, teacher. He  has worked professionally in nearly all genres of performance. He has worked in companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Slava's Snowshow. He is also author of the book "Clown Secret".

He has portrayed over 75 clown characters including:  Cirque du Soleil's Corteo which I was inspired by his white Clown character.  He has a very good face for drawing/painting. For more info visit his website

From Cirque du Soleil's Corteo's

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ACEO CLOWN #137 "Alexandre Penha"

ACEO CLOWN #137 "Alexandre Penha"
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
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ACEO Clown portrait #137 is inspired by a very sweet hospital clown Alexandre Penha  from Maringá, Brazil. He is being clowning around about 15 years. He graduated in History and Performing Arts from the Maringá State University, where was also a Clown Research Fellow. He is teaching clowning in "Escola de Palhaço", More info check his instagram at @escoladepalhaco

"Alexandre Penha"

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ACEO Portrait #136 "The Tramp" / Charlot

ACEO #136 "The Tramp" (Charlot)
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
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€30

ACEO #136 is a homage to the biggest inspiration of clowns and comedians, "The Tramp" (Charlot),  Charles Spencer Chaplin  (1889 – 1977).  He was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona  "The Tramp" ,  and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years. His silent black and white movies are timeless classics. I enjoyed a lot watching them while I was painting his portrait on YouTube. I love one of his quote  "A day without smiling is a day wasted."


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